Fresh on Bloor

Overall rating: 4.0 stars 31 Reviews
Natural food restaurant locations in Toronto. Menu features an array of starters, multi-layered salads, wraps, high protein burgers, and signature bowls. No dairy, eggs, honey, or animal by-products in the cooking; however, dairy is offered as a side option throughout the menu. Weekend brunch served til 3pm. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Canadian, American, Western, Juice bar, Take-out
326 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S1W7
416-531-2635

Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10:30am-10pm.

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  • Accepts credit cards
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Reviews

First Review by veggiewoman
vallonicka
vallonicka
10

reviews

  • vegan

Decent, but not super healthy

3 Posted on 01 / 25 / 2014

We've been going to Fresh for years, even back when it was known as Juice for Life. I've noticed a fall off in quality, especially in their hummus plate (no more red lebanese olive oil). The drinks are still great, and you can get some decent treats, but most of the food is fried, and not very healthy and sometimes not at all appetizing - there are much better restaurants in the area for vegans, but if you like fried stuff this is your place.

Pros: Good hours, Great Drinks
Cons: Too much fried stuff
Genie_bray
Genie_bray
6

reviews

  • vegetarian

fabulous vegan selection

5 Posted on 11 / 21 / 2013

I went to Fresh with my colleague who doesn't eat dairy or gluten and we had so many choices, including lots of vegan cakes for dessert!
We shared these amazing quinoa crusted onion rings and sweet potato fries for appetiser. Both portions were huge!
For main I had a chipotle bacon burger which was fabulous. The restaurant is vegan but they do have vegetarian cheddar or goats cheese you can choose to add on top which does have dairy. I chose cheddar with my burger and it was also great.
My colleague had a soba noodle bowl with lots of veggies and tofu
For dessert I had the amazing carrot cake. It was so moist and the slice was big which was greatly appreciated! My colleague had a vanilla cupcake and she said it was also good.
Fresh had so many options anyone could find something they liked. It was also reasonably priced and right on Bloor Street which is the place to be in Toronto (or at least that's my understanding!)

Pros: vegan cake!, many gluten free options, fabulous burgers
Cons: nothing - everything was great!
Poundie
Poundie
92

reviews

  • vegetarian

Popular with students

3 Posted on 01 / 19 / 2013

This place seems popular with U. of Toronto students; it was packed each time I went there. I found the food to be quite good and tasty, and rather healthy, with lot of choices. The prices are reasonable, and the atmosphere is relaxed. At lunch it gets cramped and somewhat noisy, but the food gets to you rather quickly. In all, an enjoyable place to go--I would definitely return.

Pros: good student-geared place, good food
Cons: not elegant
vegan frog
vegan frog
122

reviews

  • vegan

Great food

4 Posted on 12 / 01 / 2012

I used to go there all the time when I lived in Toronto. The food was always great, many vegan options, bowls, pizza, tons of veggies. The place had a large student and hippy population. The service is court and by no means amazing but I went back for the food.

Pros: Great food
Cons: Noisy, Tables close together
vtraveller
vtraveller
56

reviews

  • vegan

good food - nice place

5 Posted on 09 / 15 / 2012

I came here on my way out of town and needed something to go in a hurry. The staff were friendly and I opted for one of their burgers. I was hungry, and although it didn't look that special in a to-go box, it was one of the best veggie burgers I've ever had. The bread was awesome, and the burger texture was too. It came with a small kale salad (very small), and I was quite satisfied.

Pros: Good burgers
brooder
brooder
3

reviews

  • vegan

Mediocre food and abysmal service

2 Posted on 04 / 24 / 2012

This was my second and definitely last visit to Fresh. When I first tried this place about a year ago, I was not impressed. On that occasion, I experienced lousy service and overpriced mediocre food, not to mention the incredibly cramped tables and noisy environment. I had ordered the "magic tofu" wrap, which was far from being magical. It was basically a mushy medley of nondescript veggies combined with overcooked tofu "steaks".

After my most recent visit, I realize that nothing has changed. Although the restaurant was half empty when I arrived, and was told that "your server will be with you soon", it was at least 10 to 15 minutes before anyone even showed up at my table. Several employees seemed to be standing around and chatting with each other, or texting on their smartphones, rather than attending to customers.
When the server finally arrived, I ordered the miso burger, which comes with a "side of marinated kale slaw".

When the order finally arrived I was quite disappointed. The burger was overdone, bordering on what one would consider burnt. It had the consistency of wood chips and sawdust and was not very tasty. The "side dish" of "kale slaw" was tiny and was nothing special as far as taste. Even though the restaurant was far from full, it was still quite noisy.

I cannot understand why Fresh appears to be so wildly popular, in the light of the poor service, mediocre food and crummy ambience. I guess it is just another example of an over-hyped trendy yuppie hangout. I will not be back.

Pros: Convenient Location
Cons: Mediocre food, Poor service, Not good value for money
ieatmodestmouse
ieatmodestmouse
16

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  • vegan

SO YUMMY!

5 Posted on 04 / 06 / 2012

we went to eat here expecting a quick light meal and we got HUGE portions! some of the best food we've had out! we got the quinoa onion rings with the avocado chipotle sauce. yum. we also got the grilled veg burrito which was good and had many layers of flavor. the best thing by far was the powerhouse bowl. we forced ourselves to finish it after being full because it was SO GOOD. next time i will probably get the smaller bowl. i didn't realize how huge the portions were!


Shush eats
Shush eats
4

reviews

  • mostly-vegetarian

NOT so Fresh - Soggy

3 Posted on 01 / 16 / 2012

My parents, husband and I went to Fresh Monday night. I was wanting to go for a while, and I was so disappointed. I would go back only if I were in the area. I would not go out of my way.
The menu was wide with a variety of burgers, bowls, and wraps. But it was all really greasy and made me feel sick. It is vegetarian/vegan food that has healthy drinks, but it seems like "bar food" made vegetarian. I guess I was expecting the health factor to be greater.
The crowd is very university centred. We waited a half hour for a table. They said it is busy like that every night after 7. The servers were friendly and accommodating and even brought my dad a fresh orange juice on the house as he is diabetic and his sugar was slipping during he wait.
If you don't mind greasy, the BBQ burger was tasty and my parents liked the mushroom onion burger. The sweet potato fries were soggy and not so tasty. My hubby had the Beach Bowl. He said it was ok, but too oily. The soups were delish and the E3live shot was a little icky. You be the judge.

Pros: vegan
Cons: oily, noisy, crowded
Sarah Smile
Sarah Smile
3

reviews

  • vegan

Great Food

5 Posted on 09 / 09 / 2011

I love the food here, the burger is my favorite. I make a point to eat here everytime I'm in the area.

The tables are a little close for comfort but that would be my only complaint.

They have a large selection of vegan desserts from Sweets From The Earth.

Vegan heaven :)


vegified
vegified
14

reviews

  • vegan

fresh is fresh

4 Posted on 06 / 06 / 2011

i used to live really close to this place. i always enjoyed eating there. the food is good, the service was good when i went. it was usually packed and therefore loud, but if it's packed you know people are liking it. :)


sculley
sculley
4

reviews

  • vegan

Sensational Vegan Fare!

5 Posted on 08 / 16 / 2010

If you are after healthy vegan/vegetarian fare in a funky and friendly setting then this is the place for you! We dined at the Fresh restaurants four times during a visit to Toronto and the food, service and ambience was fabulous every time. If you can't eat all that is on your plate the staff will happily package it up for take out. I highly recommend leaving room for the Carrot Cake!

Pros: Friendly Staff, Good Value, Sensational Food
Cons: Can be noisy
kevinloxley
kevinloxley
2

reviews

  • vegan

A Favorite!

4 Posted on 04 / 19 / 2010

Fresh is a staple of the vegetarian/vegan dining scene in Toronto. Always great food at a reasonable price. I have yet to try something that I didn't absolutely love. Fresh is a great place to take your meat eating friends...Fresh has certainly helped me convert a few meat eaters. Also, they have a great cookbook that features all of the recipes from the restaurant; worth checking out.


jedzen
jedzen
24

reviews

  • vegan

Lots of options...

3 Posted on 03 / 31 / 2010

I've been here for lunch with my boyfriend and there was a lot of people. The menu is wide, and you can customize your own meal, and your own smoothie. I did chose ingredients for my own wrap, so i can't really review on their ability to make a great meal. I loved what i had, since i knew what i was getting ; there was no surprise. The only thing i was surprised about is that all the ingredients came on 2 plates, with the wrap on the side. I told the guy i wanted to have a wrap with those inside so i thought they would make it into a nice presentation. Anyway that is far from a big deal, i did not really care about making it myself. My boyfriend had a dahl soup with corn bread and a salad and he liked it. The smoothie was really good. The service was a bit slow, but friendly and fun. Maybe i would have wrote a more constructive review if i had chosen one of their home made plate and if i would have ate dessert. Since i didnt, all i can say is that i'll go back if i can to try more food.


cutiepie815
cutiepie815
2

reviews

  • vegan

A Disappointment :-(

2 Posted on 03 / 09 / 2010

My hubby and I went for lunch. Got there at about 11:27 a.m., but people listen up: they will not open the doors until around 11:32 even if they see you are outside freezing in the snow.

It was loud. Don't go there expecting to have a conversation. Crowded, tables too close together, and servers look stressed out, but do a great job.

Food was... ok. Bland. We ordered different stuff, and neither of us were impressed.

We won't be back.

Pros: Vegetarian
Cons: Noisy, Parking Bad, Food just ok for the $$
ekim
ekim
3

reviews

  • vegetarian

Bad Bad Bad

2 Posted on 02 / 25 / 2010

First thing wrong with this place: Wraps are not vegan and they don't tell you unless you indicate that you are vegan. It has been this way for some time now, but they are "looking for an alternative"

Second thing wrong: They treat their employees like crap, not a good thing for a restaurant like this one. Most people probably don't care, but if you think it's important to give your business to companies that treat their workers with respect and dignity, then choose another place for tonight's dinner. I've had friends that worked there who've been fired without a reason, shifts cut while they hired more people, and who have been transferred to another location without notice or consideration that they had just moved to avoid having to take transit. The operation is poorly managed.

On the positive side, the food tastes really good. Too bad...


pfalvo
pfalvo
12

reviews

  • mostly-vegetarian

Great Brunch

4 Posted on 12 / 31 / 2009

We liked it a lot. Kid friendly. Good eats. Amazing vegan menu.

Pros: healthy, variety, friendly
Ken4057
Ken4057
138

reviews

  • vegan

Sooo loud

2 Posted on 12 / 24 / 2009

To have a conversation with the people you're dining with when this place gets crowded - which is often - you have to almost yell. The tables are tightly packed together, too. They're making a KILLING at this Fresh location.

Other reviews have got their decent - but overpriced - menu pretty right, so I won't duplicate it.

An anecdote: some ignorant so-and-so brought a full fur coat into the place. A young woman got up, walked over to her table and mentioned - in a calm, casual voice - that it was a vegetarian restaurant and fur coats were upsetting to the diners for a number of reasons. This fur coat woman complained and the young lady was asked to leave. No joke. The owners are not even vegetarian: they just know a cash cow when they see one (see above).

Pros: huge menu, lots of greens
Cons: not veggie owners, overpriced, loud as heck
dagny70
dagny70
26

reviews

  • vegetarian

Loved it!

5 Posted on 10 / 22 / 2009

My partner & I came here for lunch on a recent trip to Toronto and were both very impressed. It's pretty funky, nice decor and ambience - quite far removed from the usual bo-ho veggie places we are used to. I had a tofu wrap that was delicious, filling, and made me feel like I was eating something nice & healthy. My partner had a veggie burger with sweet potato fries, which was so nice, and quite different from the standard pre-packed veggie burgers you get in other places. The staff were nice and pleasant, and the price was good. We liked it so much, a few days later we went for dinner at 'Fresh on Spadina'!

Pros: Great, tasty food, Great choice, Good value for money
Lenique
Lenique
6

reviews

  • vegan

Brunch is wonderful

5 Posted on 08 / 17 / 2009

My husband and I went there for brunch on a Saturday while visiting Toronto. We loved it. I ordered the pancakes which were wonderful, and fries and fried tofu. The fresh squeezed juice combinations are also good. My husband who is not a vegetarian liked his food as well which was a big plus.

Pros: Brunch selection, Fresh squeezed juices
girlwiththedog
girlwiththedog
8

reviews

  • vegan

Too expensive for what you get

3 Posted on 07 / 26 / 2009

This place is insanely popular. While not one of my personal fav's, I end up going with non vegetarians fairly often-for some reason they can't get enough. The drinks/shoothies are great-but expensive. I find the wraps and burgers really dry. I can't in good conscience spend ten bucks on a rice bowl so i can't comment on them.

I like the dosa's and the coconut battered tempeh. All the sauces are delicious. The best thing about Fresh in my opinion is the soup. Every time i forget (or am too lazy) to pack my lunch i head over to Fresh (two subway stops from work) and grab a large soup for five dollars. I have never had a bad or even okay soup there. Every soup I've tried is great, even the one's that didn't sound very appetizing initially.

Overall, I find it overpriced but some items are of good value (soup and appetizers) and its a great spot for mixed veg/non veg diners.

Pros: great soup, great sauces, tofu
Cons: expensive, always crowded
KD
KD
12

reviews

  • vegetarian

Delicious and re"fresh"ing!

5 Posted on 07 / 14 / 2009

I ordered the soup of the day (a vegan leek soup) with cornbread, along with the baby energy bowl. The baby bowl on its own would have been a full meal for me! My bro would have needed the regular sized bowl, though. The food was incredibly tasty and had lots of fresh veggies.

I also ordered a smoothie. I forget the name, but it included blueberry, banana, and something else. It was very good.

The server was really nice and very helpful.

It was pricier than most restaurants I go to, but worth it. (Smoothie, baby energy bowl, soup of the day, and cornbread including taxes and tip came to about $28.)

Pros: fresh, healthy food, friendly staff, large portions
Cons: moderately expensive, parking is difficult
veggie_burgers
veggie_burgers
6

reviews

  • vegan

yummy!

4 Posted on 05 / 12 / 2009

their carrot cake is amazing! i took a piece home and shared it with my boyfriend and it had the best icing ever. the food there is so good and fresh it was just incredible. their dressings are good too and the tofu is spectacular, some of the best id ever had. the sweet potato fries are pricy too but amazing. when you go be ready to shell out the cash.

Pros: smoothies, fresh, nice looking
Cons: loud, pricy
veganstastebetter
veganstastebetter
45

reviews

  • vegan

my fav in TO

5 Posted on 04 / 27 / 2009

Every trip to Toronto isnt complete without a meal at one of the Freshes. Bloor is fav. Since I have bought the cookbooks and made some of the dishes. I can appreciate how much work goes into making such great food. Keep it up.

Pros: Food, Juice
Cons: Loud
elicaha
elicaha
7

reviews

  • vegan

Perfect

5 Posted on 02 / 23 / 2009

Good service considering how crowed it was, great food, great desserts, wonderful smoothies. Definitely worth a visit. The menu was almost overwhelming in its variety! I will absolutely be back when I return to Toronto.

Pros: Staff, Food/Desserts
Cons: Crowded
Keith_Thode
Keith_Thode
105

reviews

  • vegan

One of the Best

5 Posted on 01 / 16 / 2009

There's a reason why it has won so many "Best of..." awards. Can't say enough good things about this place. However, it does need acoustic pads. It's too loud.


cantorveg
cantorveg
4

reviews

  • vegetarian

not bad, but why all the hype?

3 Posted on 08 / 17 / 2008

I don't get why everyone is so crazy about fresh, sure it's good but not AMAZING. The wraps and rice bowls are pretty good, but also relatively standard fare that I eat at home pretty much everyday. I guess it's a fairly reliable standby but when I want a really tasty or innovative meal I'd generally head elsewhere.

Pros: decent food, good cake, omnivore friends like it too
Cons: pricey smoothies, crowded, poor service
fitgreens
fitgreens
1

reviews

  • vegan

I love this place!

5 Posted on 12 / 08 / 2007

My husband & I are in Toronto for business, with no car. We decided to take a bus & the subway to eat some lunch. This was our first time with taking a subway & it was really cold outside for us, to our surprise Fresh on Bloor is right around the corner from the subway station. From getting off to sitting in the restaurant it took about 1 1/2 minutes! That was the first pleasant surprise. The next was getting peppermint hot chocolate with soymilk, YUM! For lunch we got the Holiday Wrap and the Black Bean Wrap. They hit the spot! The french fries were good, but greasy! I was glad I had got an extra napkin, I was able to blot some of the oil from my fries (the only disappointment). We decided to order dinner and take it back to the hotel with us, we got the Power House Bowl with soba noodles and the Green Goddess Bowl with brown basmati rice. They look and smell great, can't wait to try them tonight. The atmosphere was fun and inviting, a little noisy, but that added to the charm of the place. We were there around 3pm and if that was their downtime, all other restaurants should be envious. There was never a point where there was less than 10 to 15 people there (they can probably only seat about 50 people, if that). The staff was friendly, our order came quickly (although the fries which we ordered after our wraps took a little longer than we thought they should), no complaints. The prices are on the high side, but worth it. It was the hightlight of our day. They are a vegetarian restaurant, but most of their menu items are vegan & the rest are easy to de-cheese. The portion sizes are just right.

Pros: excellent food, very healthy, VEGAN!
veggiewoman
veggiewoman
46

reviews

  • vegan

Holy cow it's so good!

5 Posted on 10 / 10 / 2007

Amazing flavour to every dish. A must-try!! Nice, clean, casual place. Cool wallpaper. Lots of variety. Tons of smoothies, coffees, fruit juices, power shakes, etc. Great desserts. Healthy choices. Amazing prices. Even non-vegetarians love Fresh. Best place ever!!

Pros: low prices, flavour/ taste, great menu choices
Cons: no reservations
Guest
Guest

lovely lunch

4 Posted on 07 / 03 / 2007

My hubby and I were really happy with the dosas and the buddha bowl. The service was great, the food was really tasty, no wait to eat and cookies to go. What more could you want?



 

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